The actor Harrison Ford, 74, was involved into an incident which took place Monday at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. Even being an experienced pilot with decades of flying experience, the actor landed with his Husky Aviat A-1C on the wrong runway near a full passenger plane.
In fact he mistakenly aimed for a taxiway, just passing over an American Airlines 737 loaded with more than 100 passengers and a six-person crew. He was captured on air traffic control recordings asking: 'Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?' It was an emergency crash landing and the actor sustained injuries in that incident, but he made a full recovery. The Federal Aviation Administration say that controllers had given Ford clear instructions to land on the runway. The FAA has now launched an investigation which could result in anything from a warning letter to Ford losing his license. Ford is a vintage plane collector, has been involved in a number of crashes over the years.
The American actor and film producer ranked No. 1 in Empire’ s "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list in 1997 is the highest-grossing U.S. domestic box-office star with a total over US$4.7 billion. He is a private pilot of both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters and owns an 800-acre (3.2 km2) ranch in Jackson, Wyoming. He began flight training in the 1960s at Wild Rose Idlewild Airport in Wild Rose, Wisconsin. In March 2004, Ford officially became chairman of the Young Eagles program of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) where he has flown over 280 children. He is already an honorary board member of the humanitarian aviation organization Wings of Hope.